[SOLVED] Android Studio Error “Android Gradle plugin requires Java 11 to run. You are currently using Java 1.8”


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Issue

I downloaded the newest Android Studio, and I wanted to run the Android Jetpack Compose Project, but when I ran it, I got the error:

> Failed to apply plugin 'com.android.internal.application'.
> Android Gradle plugin requires Java 11 to run. You are currently using Java 1.8.
You can try some of the following options:
- changing the IDE settings.
- changing the JAVA_HOME environment variable.
- changing `org.gradle.java.home` in `gradle.properties`.

I already downloaded Java 11 and added Java 11 in gradle.properties.

org.gradle.java.home=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-11.0.10.jdk/Contents/Home

The JAVA_HOME shows Java 11, but when I run, it doesn’t work – /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-11.0.10.jdk/Contents/Home

How should I do?

My Android Studio version

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My Java version

java 11.0.10 2021-01-19 LTS
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment 18.9 (build 11.0.10+8-LTS-162)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM 18.9 (build 11.0.10+8-LTS-162, mixed mode)

My gradle-wrapper.properties

distributionUrl=https://services.gradle.org/distributions/gradle-6.8.2-bin.zip

build.gradle classpath

classpath "com.android.tools.build:gradle:7.0.0-alpha13"
classpath "org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-gradle-plugin:1.4.31"

File build.gradle

plugins {
    id 'com.android.application'
    id 'kotlin-android'
}

android {
    compileSdk 30

    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "com.example.testandroid3"
        minSdk 21
        targetSdk 30
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"

        testInstrumentationRunner "androidx.test.runner.AndroidJUnitRunner"
        vectorDrawables {
            useSupportLibrary true
        }
    }

    buildTypes {
        release {
            minifyEnabled false
            proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android-optimize.txt'), 'proguard-rules.pro'
        }
    }
    compileOptions {
        sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_11
        targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_11
    }
    kotlinOptions {
        jvmTarget = "11"
        useIR = true
    }
    buildFeatures {
        compose true
    }
    composeOptions {
        kotlinCompilerExtensionVersion compose_version
        kotlinCompilerVersion '1.4.31'
    }
}

java {
    toolchain {
        languageVersion.set(JavaLanguageVersion.of(11))
    }
}

dependencies {

    implementation 'androidx.core:core-ktx:1.3.2'
    implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.2.0'
    implementation 'com.google.android.material:material:1.2.1'
    implementation "androidx.compose.ui:ui:$compose_version"
    implementation "androidx.compose.material:material:$compose_version"
    implementation "androidx.compose.ui:ui-tooling:$compose_version"
    implementation 'androidx.lifecycle:lifecycle-runtime-ktx:2.3.0'
    implementation 'androidx.activity:activity-compose:1.3.0-alpha02'
    testImplementation 'junit:junit:4.13.2'
    androidTestImplementation 'androidx.test.ext:junit:1.1.2'
    androidTestImplementation 'androidx.test.espresso:espresso-core:3.3.0'
    androidTestImplementation "androidx.compose.ui:ui-test-junit4:$compose_version"
}

Solution

Make sure that your Gradle is using the proper JDK. Try running ./gradlew --version in your project’s directory. The output should be something like this:

Gradle 7.0-rc-2
------------------------------------------------------------

Build time:   2021-04-01 21:26:39 UTC
Revision:     912a3368b654b71250dfc925a20d620393

Kotlin:       1.4.31
Groovy:       3.0.7
Ant:          Apache Ant(TM) version 1.10.9 compiled on September 27 2020
JVM:          11.0.10 (Ubuntu 11.0.10+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu1.20.10)
OS:           Linux 5.11.4-051104-generic amd64

If the JVM points to version 1.8 then you should change it in settings. You can find it in PreferencesBuild, Execution, DeploymentBuild ToolsGradle → *Gradle JDK.

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Answered By – M Tomczynski

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